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Sharon and My Mother-In-Law: Ramallah Diaries.

SHARON AND MY MOTHER-IN-LAW Ramallah Diaries By Suad Amiry Suad Amiry (Arabic: سعاد العامري) (born 1951) is an author and architect living in the West Bank town of Ramallah. She studied architecture at the American University of Beirut, Michigan, U.S.  published by Granta Books ISBN ISBN
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 1 86207 721 5 price 12.99 [pounds sterling] hardback

Surprisingly funny, and refreshingly different from any other writings on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, describes Suad Amiry's experience of living in the West Bank from the early 1980s to the present. Amiry tells us about the life and gossip of her neighbourhood in Ramallah, her moving family history and the struggle to live a normal life in an insane situation; from the impossibility Impossibility
See also Unattainability.

belling the cat

mouse’s proposal for warning of cat’s approach; application fatal. [Gk. Lit.
 of acquiring gas masks gas mask, face covering or device used to protect the wearer from injurious gases and other noxious materials by filtering and purifying inhaled air. In addition to military use (see chemical warfare), gas masks are employed in mining, in industrial chemistry, and by  during the first Gulf War to her dog getting a Jerusalem Passport when thousands of Palestinians couldn't.

Amiry describes the agony of falling in love when you live in a country with a Byzantine system of Israeli permits, passes and checkpoints and the sheer difficulty for Palestinians of moving from one place to another in this tiny country, and about the effects of Israel's 'Security Wall'.

The book contains a diary Amiry kept during the Israeli invasion of Ramallah in March 2002, when her feisty 92-year-old mother-in-law came to live with them and we learn how daily chores such as buying food and visiting friends and relatives become Herculean tasks for anyone living in a state of siege. We enter an entirely different dimension of understanding, and begin to comprehend some of the most obvious, impossible realities of what life under occupation and curfew curfew [O.Fr.,=cover fire], originally a signal, such as the ringing of a bell, to damp the fire, extinguish all lights in the dwelling, and retire for the night. The custom originated as a precaution against fires and was common throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.  actually means.

With a wickedly sharp ear for dialogue, and an eye for telling details of human behaviour, Suad Amiry has written a wonderful, very funny and laughter inducing book, about the absurdity (and agony) of life in the Occupied Territories This article is about occupied territory in general: for more specific discussion of the territories captured by Israel in the Six-Day War, see Israeli-occupied territories.

Occupied territories
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Publication:The Middle East
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Date:Feb 1, 2005
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